JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – While much focus has been on COVID-19 vaccination numbers, cases of the coronavirus in Duval County are showing an increase compared to a month ago.
Since March 26, there has been an increase of 4,565 cases in Duval County. That is a 4.96% increase from a month ago.
News4Jax on Monday took a close look at COVID-19 cases in Jacksonville to see what areas of town are seeing larger increases.
Among the ZIP codes that have seen the most growth is 32211 in the Arlington area. It had 181 new cases since last month -- a 6.61% increase.
In 32219 in Northwest Jacksonville, there were 86 new cases in a month -- a 6.24% increase.
In 32204 in Riverside, there were 63 new cases for a 6.12% increase in a month.
News4Jax also took a look at hospitalizations in recent weeks. Typically, there have been between 100 and 115 people in a Duval County hospital with COVID-19, at any given time.
Health officials hope COVID-19 shots will continue to keep these numbers in check.
Over the weekend, there were two events with large crowds in Jacksonville -- the sold-out Machine Gun Kelly concert Friday night at Daily’s Place and UFC 261 Saturday evening at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, which was filled to capacity with few of those in attendance wearing masks. It could take almost two weeks to learn if the events created any type of case surge locally.
On Monday, News4Jax caught up with people like Michaela Jackson and her friend, Corinthian, who were tested at the Regency Square Mall site. They were not at the events this weekend but have their own reason to be tested
“We went out of town,” Jackson said. “We changed the environment, so we are taking no risk at all.”